Dyslexia is an under-reported disability, an inheritable neurological condition that affects language acquisition, processing and decoding. Up to 20% of the U.S. population has learning disorders, and 80% of these people, many of them children, have varying degrees of reading disorders that qualify as dyslexia (National Institutes of Health estimate). Dyslexia is a disability in learning, not in intelligence, and afflicts girls and boys nearly equally. It is a lifelong condition. Although incurable, it can be managed successfully. Most importantly, with early detection and treatment, children with dyslexia can learn and succeed academically.

Children with dyslexia are typically highly creative and intuitive, and are excellent hands-on learners.

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Informational Videos:

This short animation gives a brief, but clear description about what dyslexia is, and it provides information to keep in mind if your child is dyslexic. The video provides information to consider when working with a dyslexic individual, such as focusing on strengths, having them get the necessary treatment that matches the way that they learn, and ensuring open communication. At the end of the video dyslexics are reminded that, although they learn differently, with determination and support they can achieve happiness and success.

Have you ever wondered which parts of the brain are affected by dyslexia? This video helps makes it a little clearer.

A dyslexic high school student pursues admission to a competitive college -- a challenge for a boy that didn't learn to read until 4th grade. Additional accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts, and Iconic leaders help us understand that dyslexia is as much a gift as it is a challenge.

The following are the names of some of the many individuals who are dyslexic, or had symptoms of dyslexia or related learning problems:

Actors & Entertainers:
  • Harry Anderson
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Tom Cruise
  • Dave Foley
  • Danny Glover
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Susan Hampshire
  • Jay Leno
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Kiera Knightley
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Oliver Reed
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Tom Smothers
  • Robin Williams
  • Henry Winkler
  • Loretta Young

Artists, Designers, & Architects:

  • Ansel Adams
  • David Bailey
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Ignacio Gomez
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Ian Marley
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Bennett Strahan
  • Robert Toth
  • Jørn Utzon
  • Andy Warhol

Athletes:

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Duncan Goodhew
  • Bruce Jenner
  • Magic Johnson
  • Greg Louganis
  • Bob May - Golfer
  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Steve Redgrave
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Jackie Stewart

Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders:

  • Richard Branson
  • John T Chambers
  • Henry Ford
  • William Hewlett
  • Craig McCaw
  • O.D. McKee
  • David Neeleman
  • Paul J. Orfalea
  • Charles Schwab
  • Ted Turner
  • F.W. Woolworth

Filmmakers:

  • Robert Benton
  • Nicole Betancourt
  • Walt Disney
  • Søren KraghJacobsen
Inventors & Scientists:
  • Ann Bancroft
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • John Britten
  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • Michael Faraday
  • Dr. James Lovelock
  • Willem Hollenbach
  • John R. Horner
  • Paul MacCready
  • Archer Martin
  • Pierre Curie
  • John Robert Skoyles
  • Werner Von Braun

Law & Justice:

  • David Boies
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Jeffrey H. Gallet

Military Heroes:

  • Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
  • George Patton

Musicians & Vocalists:

  • Cher
  • Brad Little
  • John Lennon
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Bob Weir

Physicians & Surgeons:

  • Harvey Cushing
  • Fred Epstein

Political Leaders:

  • Winston Churchill
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • Michael Heseltine
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Gavin Newsom
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • Paul Wellstone
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • George Washington

Writers:

  • Scott Adams
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Avi
  • Jeanne Betancourt
  • Steven Cannell
  • John Corrigan
  • Larry Chambers
  • Andrew Dornenburg
  • Agatha Christie
  • Fannie Flagg
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Terry Goodkind
  • Patricia Polacco
  • Eileen Simpson
  • Elizabeth Daniels Squire
  • Bernie Taylor
  • Victor Villaseñor
  • W.B. Yeats

Learning Center

Columbus Learning Center
290 Cramer Creek Court
Dublin, OH 43017
Telephone: 614-799-1261
Jean A. Colner, Director

DyslexiaHelp at the University of Michigan

 

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